For today's Global Hit, we hear from Emmanuel Gardiner, whose family left Liberia for the United States after a coup in 1980. Among his most treasured possessions was Michael Jackson's album ?Off the Wall.?
Liberia is trying to rebuild its tourism industry, almost 10 years after the country's brutal civil war ended. This week, it welcomed its largest group of tourists in decades, when a cruise ship docked in Monrovia. Bonnie Allen has the story.
The Lemelson MIT Prize recognizes inventors whose designs improve lives. This year's winner, Ashok Gadgil, helped bring light to 100 million people in the developing world, designed fuel-efficient cook stoves and created a simple way to purify water.
The verdict in the trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor is expected on Thursday. Taylor is charged with war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone, and people in that West African country are hoping for a guilty verdict.
The US government is conducting an experiment in peacekeeping in Liberia. It's retraining and rearming the Liberian army. As Anna Sussman reports, the plan has raised hopes ï¿½ and concerns ï¿½ in the West African nation.